Current Members

Primary Investigator

Caroline L. Schauer, Ph.D.

Margaret C. Burns Professor, Materials Science and Engineering Department

Interim Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement, Office of the Provost


Office: Randell 234

Phone: 215.895.1821

Graduate Students

Emily Herbert

Emily Herbert is a Materials Science and Engineering fourth year PhD student. Her research project includes studying industrial food waste and incorporating it into natural polymers using traditional processing techniques.

Divya Kamireddi

Divya is a fourth year Ph.D. Student in Material Sciences and Engineering. She completed her bachelor’s at University of Connecticut in Biomedical Engineering. Prior to starting her Ph.D., she worked at Medtronic as an Associate Manufacturing Engineer. She is a member of the Graduate Student Association and a GAANNs scholar. Her research focus is on producing functional nanoyarn for skin tissue engineering  that have the capability of sensing pH.

Emma Snelling

Emma Snelling is a second year Materials Science and Engineering PhD student. She joined the lab in 2019 while pursuing a Bachelors in Chemical Engineering and a Masters in Materials Science and Engineering within Drexel University’s BS/MS program. Her current research focuses on the effects of incorporating cranberry pomace into extruded composites.

Undergraduate Students

Karli Akin

Karli Akin is a fifth year student in Materials Science and Engineering. She is primarily interested in processing biopolymers. Since joining the lab in 2021, she has been working on touchspinning natural polymers into nanofibers.

Alessandra Cabrera

Alessandra is a second year BS student in Materials Science and Engineering. She joined the NMPP lab in 2021 as a STAR Scholar and is passionate about the wide applications of nanofibers and creating sustainable products through polymer engineering.

Emma Rea

Emma Rea is a fourth year BS/MS student studying chemical engineering. Since joining the lab in 2021, she has been primarily working on touchspinning synthetic polymers. She is currently researching touchspinning antibacterial nanofibers.

Conway Zheng

Conway is a second year Materials Science and Engineering student. He joined the lab in 2022 as a STAR Scholar. He is currently working with touchspinning and studying it’s deposition of nanofibers as well as working on the nanoyarn machine.